Saturday, April 6th, 2013 at 1:40 pm  |  24 responses

Kobe Bryant is Exhausted But Vows to Keep Battling

It’s almost unheard of for Kobe Bryant to ask out of a game to get a breather. But that’s precisely what happened in the fourth quarter last night during a critical 86-84 win against the Memphis Grizzlies — Bryant, exhausted from playing so many minutes of late (he’s played 137 minutes in the past three games) as the Los Angeles Lakers desperately cling on the 8th and final Playoff spot in the West, told Mike D’Antoni to give him a short rest. Per the LA Daily News: “It’s a little sore after games,’ Bryant said. ‘But during the games, I haven’t had to think about it.’ Instead, Bryant’s thought nothing except for winning. His 24-point performance on 10 of 23 shooting and nine assists played a large part in that. He played a two-man game with Pau Gasol that resulted in him 19 points on 8 of 14 shooting. Bryant opened the game posting nine points on 4 of 5 shooting. And by staying strict to his diet where he’s eaten since this offseason nothing but protein and vegetables, Bryant has kept his motor running. ‘It helps because it gives you an ability to recover quicker,’ Bryant said. ‘That’s really the big key. You need all the energy you can possibly get, the hydration, eating the right stuff. It all pays off.’ As a result, the Lakers (40-36) still have a half-game lead over the Utah Jazz (40-37) for the eighth playoff spot with six games remaining. ‘This is the big push for us. We have a very tough stretch, but we’re excited about it. When you’re going into the playoffs, you want to go in playing the best teams. There’s no point in being excited to get the first round and get your ass kicked. What’s the point? You want to go into the playoffs playing well and playing against some tough teams and top competition.’ [...] ‘I’d like to see him be a little less aggressive early on and be more aggressive later in the game,’ Pau Gasol said. ‘He needs his legs to be effective. And with the amount of minutes he’s playing lately, it’s normal that he’s tired at the end of games. He’s just playing a lot of minutes. I already said two games ago that I was concerned about it. But he’s the best at making plays down the stretch. that’s why he’s got the ball in his hands, and we count on those plays, especially in close games like this one.’”

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  • Redd

    He’s just speeding up retirement, but man come on guys, still no paragraphs? Jeez.

  • j

    they must not give a sh#t on weekends

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    week days, weekends, holidays. slam aint caring

  • KoloradoKobe

    It’s the last 2 weeks of the season — everyone is exhausted. So what? Kobe’s always been seen as a “tough” player, but it’s a loud kind of tough. Real tough guys don’t talk about how exhausted they are while battling through it, they just play.

  • deo

    he still shoots a lot of tough shots

  • robb

    shut up troll

  • roscoe

    protein & vegetables only?

    don’t forget the fruit.

  • http://www.facebook.com/qcollingwood Interdico Scriptor

    SLAM done gone to the dogs

  • http://www.facebook.com/qcollingwood Interdico Scriptor

    You shut up wannabe

  • Adam Contreras

    There are 82 games each season & it does NOT include the Playoffs,All-Stars game, & Pre-Season. He will be 35 yrs old this summer & not only he is getting old, his teammates & his clueless Coach is frustrating him. I can’t blame him.

  • tomtom

    Some people always have this reaction to this kind of story which details how KB is playing through injury or fatigue, people seem to think that he has written the piece himself. You cant fault him by saying that he is always talking about, hyping up or making a big deal out of his injuries/fatigue because at the end of the day he gets ASKED questions and answers them. The media creates the story themselves and they are, in all probability, just as amazed by his durability/toughness as most real fans are, which is why the articles get made. You have to understand that pullquotes like ‘im hurting but i’ll just push through it’ isn’t something that a player will just say out of the blue to a reporter; it is likely a response to question from a swarming reporter with a captive audience.

  • Max

    When is the last time you’ve seen a 34 year old play at this level and play so many minutes?

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  • bike

    He will perservere.
    Because he is Kobe Motherfu*in Bryant.

  • north

    Kobe wakes up, “Hey, I’m not even mentioned in the paper today. Time to make stuff up so I’m relevant again. What the heck am I going to do when I retire? Maybe I should start gambling… nah, I’ll stick to womanizing, I’m good at that.”

  • mory

    There is a reason doctors don’t recommend protein only diets, and Kobe should take heed. Protein was never meant to be a primary source of energy, and protein molecules are entirely too big to be excreted through our kidneys in such large volumes as a protein based diet. At least not long term. Carbs are perfectly fine when you are an athlete because you burn them off the way they should be during exhaustive activities. They are still the best source of energy for anyone who isn’t obese or at risk for type II diabetes mellitus.

  • rande3p

    you don’t think he gets good nutriotion advice? c’mon man lol

  • tomtom

    …just you? Yeah. Just you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shooting.guard.319 Shooting Guard

    17 years in the league man

  • mory

    No I don’t. List a single reputable medical society that supports a long term protein heavy diet. You won’t find one because protein dominated diets should never be long term. Are you saying protein as the primary energy source is a healthy thing?

  • luke

    What’s nutroition?

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    Hahah amen

  • LakeShow

    You shut up butt!

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    Son, Kobe is on HGH. Don’t believe that diet crap. And he is handling some deer antler spray too.